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Eric Parnell is of the Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation. Eric is self taught, but is inspired by traditional Northwest coast design Eric was recently commissioned by Vancouver Native Housing Society to redesign the Society's corporate identity and logo and was one of many Aboriginal artists commissioned to work on the Eagles in the City art installation project. Eric has a strong distinctive style that belies his Haida roots - the double headed raven that is in the outstretched hand of the Raven Dancer on the 'Through the Eye of the Raven' mural on the side of the Orwell Hotel is one of Eric's designs.
The significance of the Eagle in many First Nations stories is that Eagle is used to represent perception and spiritual connection. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally Shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts such as honouring a respected guest. Eagle's down symbolized good luck, piece, welcome and friendship.